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HP is preparing to ship several new PC models for business markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Designed for enterprise customers, the HP Pro x2 612 (pictured above) is the company's first detachable PC for this market. Features include Core i5 or i7 processors (vPro is optional), TPM, a smartcard reader, 12.5in full HD screen, 4G LTE modem (it's not clear whether that will be included in units shipped to Australia), dual HD webcams

Options include a fingerprint reader and a battery-free Wacom pen handling 1024 levels of pressure.

The Pro Tablet 612 can be purchased separately if desired, or combined with the Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard (for an estimated battery life of up to 14.25 hours as well as VGA, RJ-45, DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports) or a backlit mobile keyboard with one USB 3.0 port, a combo audio jack, and a power connector.

The HP Pro x2 612 and Pro Tablet 612 are expected to ship in our region at the end of August.

Various new desktops aimed at commercial and small business customers will be released in the region over the coming months. The EliteDesk 700 will come in a small form factor (pictured below) and microtower configurations with AMD processors ("a more cost effective alternative," according to HP APJ PC category vice president Annelise Olsen) in July, in a small form factor with Intel processors or a mini desktop with AMD processors in September, and as an Intel-based microtower in November

HP EliteDesk 700

The EliteOne 700 all-in-one with a 23in full HD display (plus support for up to three external screens), AMD Pro A-Series CPUs and Radeon graphics is also expected in September.

"We've seen a resurgence in desktops" in the order of 3-5%, said Ms Olsen. While notebook sales have suffered a single-digit decline, that has been offset by interest in hybrids, detachables and convertibles.

"Even tablets have slowed down in the market a little bit," she said.

In related news, HP announced the first all-in-one workstation with a 27in display, the HP Z1G2.

HP Z1G2

Features include Xeon or Core processors, ECC memory, front-facing speakers with DTS Studio Sound, and tool-less access for most upgrades or part replacements.

Among the options are Thunderbolt 2 ports, RAID storage, Nvidia Mobile Quadro GPUs, and the choice of a ten-point touchscreen or an antiglare non-touch display.

Disclosure: The writer travelled to Mumbai as the guest of HP.

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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